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PlayStation 4 Will Not Be Region Locked Says Sony



/ 3 years ago

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A Sony representative, Brad Douglas, has recently confirmed on Twitter that the PlayStation 4 will not have region-locking DRM enabled. This means owners can play games that weren’t bought in their geographical region, which opens up the door for buying or importing games from regions where they retail for much less.

While this characteristic of the PlayStation 4 may seem negligible, Microsoft have already announced that the Xbox One will be region locked. The reason is that the entertainment requirements of the Xbox One, such as TV and content streaming services, require region locking to be in place at the request of content owners. The PlayStation 4 on the other hand scraps region locking, which was almost expected given the PlayStation 3 wasn’t region locked, but now the PlayStation 4 has a couple of major wins over its rival the Xbox One. Firstly, it boasts greater hardware capable of much more performance and now it boasts a region free DRM design.

Sony hasn’t published any official statements regarding region locking but given its representatives have confirmed it everyone is taking this as confirmation. What do you think about region locking on consoles and console games?

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  • Andy Caveney-Heyes

    Region locking is a pain in the ass. I love playing RPG’s, but the issue is that in UK/Europe we only get a small selection of games that was originally released in Japan first!!!

  • d6bmg

    hey, that’s a great move by Sony!